Summer Vegetable Rice

  For many of us, rice is a dish we rarely eat — unless we are at a Chinese restaurant. And it often considered a “heavy” dish, one not ideal for warm summer nights. Yet, just the opposite is true. We could all enjoy rice more and summer offers great...

TBT Recipe: Butter Lettuce Salad with Tarragon and Citrus-Honey Vinaigrette from Eric Ripert

Way back in 2012 I was on a honey kick. I never left it. Honey is a wonderful ingredient. Just a tricky one because the bounty of honey flavors out there can produce significant shifts in the final outcome of a recipe. Here, no shift will matter. We are at peak season...

TBT Cookbook Review: Dessert of the Day by Kim Laidlaw

Today's TBT Cookbook Review is a tip of the hat to Kim Laidlaw. There is only one problem with Kim: she doesn't write enough books. This one, Dessert of the Day,  is from 2013 and she did, to her credit and to your good service, release Everyday Slow Cooking in 2018....

Guinness Malt Cake

  When people speak about Guinness, they just say Guinness, not beer. Guinness is a rich Irish stout beer. Stout? That just means strong. And strong Guinness is. When you take a sip, you know it is not Pabst Blue Ribbon. The flavor is so distinct and so intense,...

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Summer Vegetable Rice

  For many of us, rice is a dish we rarely eat — unless we are at a Chinese restaurant. And it often considered a “heavy” dish, one not ideal for warm summer nights. Yet, just the opposite is...

Guinness Malt Cake

  When people speak about Guinness, they just say Guinness, not beer. Guinness is a rich Irish stout beer. Stout? That just means strong. And strong Guinness is. When you take a sip, you know...

Yes, We Have No Bananas

Actually, this is not a funny post today. This is serious. Like, no more banana splits or banana bread serious. I posting a link here to a National Geographic article alerting us to a truly dire...

Cookbook Review: Vogue Cocktails

  The term “Vogue” is recognizable across the planet. It is an iconic term for quality and excellence. “Vogue” is simply and perfectly rock solid. And, Vogue denotes more than fashion. The...

Cookbook Review: Saffron in the Souks

  To make it easier for you, a souk is a marketplace. And in Lebanon, the souks are replete with ingredients, like saffron, that can be woven into dishes of wondrous appeal. Best-selling author...

Roasted Tomato and Red Pepper Gazpacho

  It’s little hard to tell how great this soup is from the picture. I find getting “great” shots of liquids like soup to be difficult. But, if you look closely, you’ll see the ripples in the...

Homemade Lavender Syrup

  Lavender syrup is a boon for those of us who drink. Drink either alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages. You can buy lavender syrup — Monin makes a fine product — but there really is nothing...

Cookbook Review: Leon Happy Baking

  Leon is an empire. A British empire. The Leon fast food chain was started in 2004 and in just six months was named the best new restaurant in Great Britain. Leon has a bold philosophy: food...

Blueberry Muffins with Surprises

  Americans grow more blueberries than any other. Yes, more blues than straws. With their intense sourness, most of us pass on eating blueberries by themselves. Instead, we bundle them into...

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